Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens)


Appearance: Upright shrub or small tree, up to 18' high. Narrow branching, gray bark and branches; young twigs, yellowish-green.

Leaves: Alternate, compound, 2- 4" long consisting of 8 -12 pairs of leaflets; leaflets elliptic.

Flowers: Yellow, single, tubular, at the end of a stalk that grows from the leaf axil; blooms in May - June.

Fruit: Pods 1- 2" long, sharply pointed, brown and smooth.

Ecological Threat:

  • It invades savanna and woodland edge environments where it competes with native shrubs. Invades disturbed grasslands as well.
  • It is still sold as an ornamental and for shelterbelt and wildlife plantings.
  • It is native to Siberia and Manchuria.
  • Siberian peashrub is a MDA Restricted noxious weed in Minnesota.


Control Methods:


  • Repeated prescribed burning, it will stump sprout but be weakened eventually
  • Pulling


  • Cut-stump treatment with glyphosate; cut-stump or basal bark spray treatment around the stem with triclopyr


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